Dermatologist Sara Brooks of Montgomery Medical Clinic: Botox and Beyond

Parents in Silver Spring (and the entire DMV) are truly the best. Our fellow parent neighbors who we see wrangling their kids at the pool and pushing packed grocery carts next to ours are often complete rock stars in their fields.Take my good friend Dr. Sara Brooks, Board Certified Dermatologist. We live in the same neighborhood, her four children attend the same schools and sports activities as my three, and she is always there to help with a kid pick up or community volunteer activity. Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Weekend Getaway!

Our family turned a free summer weekend into a majorly marvelous summer vacation, simply by hopping in the car and heading to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. We spent a full day at each park, spending one night in Williamsburg in between, and we created a season's worth of amazing memories with our children.Water Country USA is just a few miles down the road from Busch Gardens Williamsburg and these two parks are the perfect pair for your summer getaway. Water Country Read more...

Perfect 4th of July Weekend Staycation: Gaylord National Resort SummerFest

Seeking to go somewhere fabulous with the family for 4th of July weekend, but want to skip the excruciating holiday traffic? Head to our family's go-to vacation spot right in the DMV, Gaylord National Resort, for a SummerFest staycation!Gaylord National Resort is offering reduced room rates June 30 through July 7, which allow you to book a night for as low as $129! There is also the amazing SummerFest package that starts at $299 but include big savings that make that weekend getaway more Read more...

Nava Wellness Diagnostic (+ Free Treatment for You!)

I have always wondered if I should give up gluten. Or dairy. Or eggs. Am I sensitive to these food types? I have given them up for weeks on end in the pursuit of wellness, but could never be sure if the effects made a difference in how I felt and looked.And I have wondered about my thyroid, iron levels and hormone levels. My general practitioner says that I am overall in great health, but could I truly be better?I have a cabinet full of vitamins and supplements. Whenever I read a book Read more...

Soccer Summer Camp with DC Way: Win a Week of Free Camp!

Your summer prayers are answered:Local treasure DC Way is offering seven weeks of Summer Soccer Camp! Developed for boys and girls ages 5-14, the number one goal of DC Way's soccer camp is that campers have a blast, as the coaches believe players learn best when they are having fun. DC Way uses simple and engaging games to challenge players and teach them essential skills. The program is for anyone at any level: true beginners, kids who have come in and out of soccer lessons and leagues, Read more...

Summer Ideas for Free Fun: Guest on WTOP’s Every Day is Kids’ Day Podcast

I had the pleasure of joining the Every Day is Kids' Day podcast, hosted by WTOP's Rachel Nania. As two working moms who strive to be engaged and make memories with our kids, we both had a lot of fun with the subject matter, and we brainstormed and researched some ideas for YOU.From library summer programs to how to find a new park to the best ways to let the kids splash in their suits without worry, we covered a slew of options in the DC area for summer excitement you can find right in your Read more...

OMG Best Ride EVER: Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I had the chance to attend the Pandora: World of Avatar dedication and press preview of this new 12-acre section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Start here: Read my full overview of the new the Pandora: World of Avatar world at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.In the new ride Avatar Flight of Passage you fly on a banshee while your soul is transported to a Na’vi Avatar matched to you. It is such a realistic and high-tech 4-D flying simulation that within the ride you truly believe you are Read more...

Pandora: World of Avatar OPEN at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Think of the worlds that Disney parks have taken us to.The Asian kingdom of Anandapur in Walt Disney World's Disney's Animal Kingdom, with crumbling ruins, a Yeti-dwelling mountain train and Tibetan prayer flags.The Cadillac Range Mountains and Route 66 Americana retro charm at Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure.The fairytale-come-to-life realizations of Beast's Castle, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.Now, Read more...

Favorite Weekend Getaway for DC Families: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

If you are ready for a waterfront getaway, whether this spring or after school is out for summer, the  A Parent in Silver Spring crew recommends the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. It is close -- less than two hours from the DC area! Located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake and on the idyllic Choptank River, this vacation spot is without the stresses or messes of beach traffic but still provides the sun, the swims, the entertainment and Read more...